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01. Aeon Sable
- Aether
02. Amorphis
- Queen Of Time
03. Atrium Carceri
- Codex
04. Dimmu Borgir
- Eonian
05. Behemoth
- I Loved You At Your Darkest
06. The Eternal
- Waiting For The Endless Dawn
07. MGT
- Gemini Nyte
08. Primordial
- Exile Amongst The Ruins
09. Khôrada
- Salt
10. Immortal
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Meadows End - Sojourn (2018) - Review

Band: Meadows End
Album title: Sojourn
Release date: 10 August 2018 (original release date: 29 February 2016)
Label: Black Lion Records

Tracklist:
01. Amidst The Villains
02. Remnants
03. Nightmare's Reef (Area Of Thieves)
04. Heathens' Embrace
05. Soulslain
06. Deadlands
07. End Of Fallens
08. All Of Them
09. Angel Dreams (Elven Dreams)
10. Clench The Feet Of Fools
11. Forever Haven
12. My Leading Command
13. Everlasting

Meadows End started their musical journey just over two decades ago. Most of this time was spent dishing out a sizable amount of demos and mini albums before releasing their full length debut, Ode To Quietus in 2010 and the follow up, The Sufferwell, in 2014. In 2016, instead of putting out a new record of new material, Sojourn is instead a collection of tracks from passed EPs and demos, re-recorded to create the bands third album. The record has now been re-released through Black Lion Records.

In writing this review, I found it difficult to put into words how striking the sound is. The best I can do is to say that it's the sound of Insomnium trying to make a Fleshgod Apocalypse albums. Heaviness, tempo changes and classical influence are the key here. The vocals are a rough cross somewhere between Amon Amarth and Opeth that roars over the band as they play with some beautiful instrumental layering that never strays too far from the heaviness.

With that said, however, the keyboards, synths and occasional violin work does strip away much of the potential brutality, but it doesn't negatively effect the tracks. This is melodic death detal for a reason. Sheer madness is obviously not the goal here. Meadows End is metal for fans of a more sundry sound. Closer neighbors to Amorphis and Enslaved than to Deicide and Pungent Stench.

Sojourn proves to be a master class of melodeath. Standout tracks like "Soulslain" and "All Of Them" carry the album through its 12 track run (13 with the bonus) and shows what can be created by revisiting ones past. Meadows End has released an album for both old and new fans alike.

Review written by: Will Ring
Rating: 8,5/10

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Band: Dawn Of Oblivion
Album title: Phoenix Rising
Release date: 25 April 2015
Label: M&A MusicArt

Phoenix Rising is a work that leads the listener through many different emotional, dark and mystical states, and thus serves with many musical variations all centered around deep gloomy and atmospheric gothic metal. Even though Dawn Of Oblivion don't discover any new territories soundwise, they carefully blend those typical 90s gothic metal lines, so familiar to the maestros of the genre like are Tiamat and Paradise Lost, with some guitar riffs used by Therion on Theli or Vovin, and to make the thing even more audacious and sinister they add a pinch of black metal and doom elements on a couple of occasions, but yet at the same time they don't forget that their heritage is in gothic rock. Many elements could resemble to The Sisters Of Mercy or even more to The Fields Of Nephilim. Still, some oriental vibes, like used in the miffed iconic goth metal piece "Anubis", or floydian ambiances in the emotional and soothing "Within The Realms Of The King Of Amur" that are similar to those used back then by Tiamat on Wildhoney or on A Deeper Kind Of Slumber make their sound special in many ways. Dawn Of Oblivion with this album showed that it's still possible to make astounding things within the gothic metal realms.

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